AAP MLAs disqualification: Indian politics was rocked by disqualification of 20 of Aam Admi Party (AAP) MLAs. However, an unperturbed Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said AAP is always election-ready. Sisodia said that he expected relief from the Delhi High Court. “The decision to disqualify the MLAs is an insult to the people of Delhi who elected these people. It is nothing but a conspiracy to derail the work being done by the government in the fields of education and health. The entire city will soon be covered with CCTV cameras… We have seen instances in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, where the judiciary did justice. We have faith in the judiciary,” Sisodia said, according to reports.
Sisodia said, “AAP is always election-ready. We spend our time among people and are always reachable. But our fight today is not to save the seats or the party or the government. We are asking why elections should be imposed on the people of Delhi and why must they be made to suffer over political vendetta.” He, however, refused to talk about the candidate selection. “These conversations are in the realm of ifs and buts. We believe that the judiciary will grant us relief. I don’t think a byelection will be imposed on the people of Delhi. If elections are held, the BJP will find it very difficult to go out and ask for votes. The people of Delhi are watching everything that is happening. They can see how their lives are being adversely affected by the tactics of the BJP,” he said.
The Election Commission (EC) had, last week, recommended that the 20 MLAs who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries, be disqualified as they were holding offices of profit. The President, too, gave his nod to the recommendation.With 20 MLAs disqualified, Delhi is staring at byelections on these seats.
On Tuesday hectic parleys took place among senior party leaders, lawyers and MLAs as they readied their stance for the High Court hearing scheduled for Wednesday. On Monday, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat had told The Indian Express that the AAP MLAs did not request the EC for hearing in the matter.
Sisodia, however, said, “This is against the basic principle of justice. Since the time that the matter is being heard by the EC, three things were being debated. The first was whether the BJP and Congress can implead in the case. The second was whether the plea against the MLAs was maintainable since the High Court had set aside the appointments. The third was whether the post of Parliamentary Secretaries can be counted as an office of profit.